Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Gingerbread Biscotti

Just Practising For The Holidays!

I found this biscotti recipe on allrecipes.com. I've been craving biscotti for the last few weeks and finally gave into my temptation. I didn't feel too bad about this recipe though, since it is kind of on the healthy side. Hey, it does have whole wheat flour in it and I reduced the sugar a bit. Also, the ginger and other spices are known to help with digestion. So if eaten as an after dinner cookie, it could be considered a healthy digestive!


Gingerbread Biscotti
INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup vegetable oil, (I used canola oil)
1 cup white sugar (I used 3/4 cup)
3 eggs
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons ground (I used 1 Tablespoon)
ginger
3/4 tablespoon ground
cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
I also added:
1/2 cup crystalized ginger
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet. (I used parchment paper).
2. In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar, eggs, and molasses. In another bowl, combine flours, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; mix into egg mixture to form a stiff dough.
3. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a roll the length of the cookie. Place rolls on cookie sheet,(I used 2 cookie sheets) and pat down to flatten the dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes (I baked them 20 minutes). Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.
5. When cool enough to touch, cut into 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices. Place sliced biscotti on cookie sheet, and bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes on each side, (I did 4 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other) or until toasted and crispy.

These cookies are very spicy and have a little bit of a kick. I enjoyed them and they freeze really well too. I may add them to my holiday cookie line-up!

Are you thinking about holiday recipes yet?

9 comments:

Brilynn said...

The recent snow has me thinking more about holiday recipes... not necessarily the holidays, just the food.

Ritardo said...

Can you just send me some. Im too lazy to cook it or actually go to the store and buy the ingredients. Do they sell them at starbucks? I'll be there.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

What a great question! Yes, I am starting to think about holiday recipes, but only vaguely so far. Since we are now living peanut and nut free, I'll be replacing or changing many of my usual holiday recipes.

Claire said...

yep...cookies, desserts, meals...25 people at our house means early planning!

wheresmymind said...

I've started testing recipes!!

Emma said...

Yummy, biscotti is so much fun to make. I'm starting my grocery shopping list now - it's the only thing I don't like about the holidays - grocery shopping. Keep the holiday recipes coming!

Annie said...

Brilyn, Yeah me too!

Ritardo, I don't currently have a contract with Starbucks but maybe someday!

Paula, It is too bad you can't enjoy nuts anymore. I have actually cut out nuts in many of my holiday recipes in case I intend to give them away. I worry about potential alergies.

Claire, 25 people! That would be a lot for me to handle. I guess if you plan ahead you'll be all set!

wwm, Me too.

Emma, I agree with you about the shopping, which reminds me I have to go tonight. Sigh.

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Biscotti looks great!

I haven't totally started thinking about holiday recipes yet, but I am testing a couple this weekend for a football game. We'll see what else I come up with - the holidays are usually pretty taken care of food wise by others.

Funny how that works - I'm the one who loves to cook and I cook on a daily basis. My family who cooks the holiday meals usually don't cook often, so the holidays are their big day to shine.

-Crystal

Annie said...

Crystal, Hey- That's great, it gives you a chance to take a break and enjoy day!